Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Department of Justice is on the verge of clearing Darren Wilson of civil rights charges

Is this the end of possible charges against Darren Wilson?

First, a St. Louis judge denied a request for a new grand jury in the shooting of Michael Brown. Now the Department of Justice appears ready to announce there will be no civil rights charges against Darren Wilson:
Federal prosecutors have begun work on a legal memo recommending no civil rights charges against the officer, Darren Wilson, law enforcement officials said.
That would close the case in the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. An investigation by the F.B.I., which is complete, found no evidence to support the charges against the officer, the officials said.
Charges against Darren Wilson were unlikely from the start:
There is a high legal bar for bringing federal civil rights charges, and federal investigators had for months signaled that they were unlikely to do so. The Justice Department plans to release a report explaining its decision, though it is not clear when.
The Department of Justice is still in the midst of a broader civil rights investigation of the Ferguson Police Department as a whole. No word on when that inquiry will wrap up.

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